Get Outdoors in Hereford
Published on 21.07.20
Hereford and its surrounding counties are known for their natural beauty, so this week we thought we would highlight just some of the fun things you can get up to in Hereford’s great outdoors. The River Wye borders England and Wales and runs through the heart of Hereford. Not only is it a beautiful sight
Hereford and its surrounding counties are known for their natural beauty, so this week we thought we would highlight just some of the fun things you can get up to in Hereford’s great outdoors.
The River Wye borders England and Wales and runs through the heart of Hereford. Not only is it a beautiful sight but it gives us a chance for adventure! There is no better way to spend a sunny day in Hereford than canoeing along the river stopping at a pub or two for refreshments throughout the day. Whether you hire a canoe for the day from one of the businesses based in the city, or head up stream to Hay on Wye there is much to take in along the way. You will see wildlife and stunning views as well as dramatic landscapes, you may well paddle past the National Trust’s Weir Gardens and Breinton Springs. Why not make a weekend of it, take a BBQ with you and camp at one of the many campsites you will find spilling onto the river banks.
If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land during your outdoor adventures walking could be suited to you, and Hereford has it all from gentle strolls to long distance leg-stretchers. Whether you are walking in one of Herefordshire’s woods, Queeenswood or Haugh Woods, exploring a castle, walking along the river wye or enjoying one of the many view trail. It is a great way to get closer to nature and leave behind the hustle and bustle of modern everyday life. Walks within a few miles of the City include places such as Breinton Springs, Bodenham Circular and the Mordiford Loop. If you are looking for something a little more challenging you might want to try completing a section of Offa’s Dyke a 177mile trail, or Pen Y Fan (above), the highest peak in South Wales. If you are feeling really ambitious the Wye Valley Walk is a beautiful 136 mile trail which follows the river valley from Chepstow in Monmouthshire to the slopes of Plynlimon in Powys, criss-crossing the border between England and Wales on its way.
Get some fresh air and discover Hereford by bike using one of the many Beryl Bikes that are dotted around the city. One of the easiest ways to get around, Beryl Bikes are cheap to hire, and with 39 bays, you are never far from a parking spot. Whether you are heading into the city to meet friends, getting yourself to work or the gym or just fancy a ride through some beautiful scenery Beryl Bikes are a Hereford gem.
Outdoor sports and clubs are also popular in Hereford, and a great way to get out and about and meet new people. You will find everything from cycling and running clubs, to tennis, golf & rowing. If you fancy watersports why not try stand up paddle boarding, there is a local club that caters for all ages and abilities.
If extreme sports are more your thing, make sure to check out Hereford Skate Park, a community owned skate park just outside of the city. Mountain biking is also popular in Hereford, with trails all over the county!
This just scratches the surface of what you can get up to in the outdoors of Hereford….